As a result, perigee full moons, also known as supermoons, appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than do apogee full moons (which are also called minimoons).
What makes this event even more spectacular is it happens on the same night as a lunar eclipse – which come only twice a year; the first occurred back in April.
The coincidence of events is so rare it won’t be seen again until 2033, making it a can’t-miss event tonight for sky gazers.
Kent stargazers will be rising early tomorrow morning as a rare “super blood moon” fills the skies. That’s pretty special, a supermoon lunar eclipse. “What you’re seeing is the sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere and nearly shining all of the sunsets and sunrises of Earth onto the moon itself”. Total eclipse starts at 10:11, peaks at 10:47 and ends at 11:23 p.m.
This weekend’s eclipse is the end of a tetrad, a series of four total lunar eclipses set six months apart. Those in the Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean will be able to see. “So that’s a total lunar eclipse“. According to Met Office, the color of the moon will be Red and will appear larger than usual. Henson said this is a common response to nearly all astronomical events like eclipses and comets depending on religious and cultural background.
In New York City, the eclipse will begin a little after 8 p.m. ET.
If you are trying to watch the views from a region that won’t have access – or if you’re too lazy to go out and view the lunar eclipse and supermoon – then know that there will be livestreams. Astronomers say the moon will stay red for more than 70 minutes before it begins to emerge from the shadow.
American space agency NASA said in a recently released statement that today’s moon will be the largest as well as closest supermoon of 2015.